Design Philosophy

Designing a golf course today needs to be as fresh as ever, but orientated to the economics of operations, and enjoyment of those supporting the game.

When it comes to golf course design I:

  1. Ensure each hole is interesting, fun and attractive for all golfers
  2. Lay out the course to provide the most pleasing playing, walking and visual experience
  3. Create variety across the course
  4. Embrace and enhance the natural beauty of the land
  5. Plan for sustainability and safety, and the business needs of the client

Golf is a game to be enjoyed. To be fully enjoyed the course must provide a zest for those who play – a jousting between the course and the player. It’s a two-way battle for supremacy. A course that provides dramatic drives across unfathomable places of peril, the opportunity for redemption from floral penitentiary’s, interest peaking pitches from undulating lies to rolling greens, and putting greens that reward those with the artful skill to negotiate slopes is an engaging golf course full of excitement.

I want our golf courses to be expressive places where players can be rewarded for their industry, bravery and resilience. They are places where the wise win over the wistful and the short but skillful prevail over the long hitting wild. Occasionally a good courses will ask a players’ ego to write a cheque their body can’t cash, but their will always be another route to play, and the thrill is in the suspense between the commencement of the decision and the knowledge of the result. And while their will always be an important element of luck in golf, our courses reward the skilful more than the lucky.

If we apply ourselves to the art of designing strategic courses of beauty and substance, golfers will be enriched by the playing experience and want to return. Any golf course that entices golfers back to play is certain to be a success for their owners.


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"When I was looking for a golf architect I wanted someone who would understand the landscape and have the flair to design a course of the highest quality in terms of; aesthetics, a player's and playing perspective; being practical in terms of forward maintenance; and to bring the construction in on time and on budget. Scott is that man! And what's more he brings competence and professionalism and an easy management style and enthusiasm that is infectious and at no extra charge – a little bit of magic to it all!"

Derek Young, Chairman Kersewell Resort Group, Scotland, UK.